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Quotation by Henry David Thoreau
Who should come to my lodge this morning but a true Homeric or Paphlagonian man,—he had so suitable and poetic a name that I am sorry I cannot print it here,—a Canadian, a woodchopper and post-maker, who can hole fifty posts in a day, who made his last supper on a woodchuck which his dog caught.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 159-160, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
The surname of Alex Therien, Thoreau's eponymous French Canadian woodchopper here, roughly translates as "wild man."
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